By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
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Heung-Min Son has revealed he is in talks with Tottenham to miss the start of the next Premier League season.
The South Korea international has told the club that he wants to play for his country in this summer’s Olympic Games in Brazil.
This comes after a Telegraph report claimed that Son could be the most high-profile casualty of the team’s collapse in the final month of the season.
It is said the Londoners want to recoup the £22million they paid for Son when they signed him from Bayer Leverkusen last summer.
The attacking midfielder revealed he was aware of the report but his unconcerned about it and explained why he expects his second season at White Hart Lane to be more productive than his first.
“I saw the articles but I’ve heard nothing about my transfer,” Son said, as quoted by Four Four Two. “Should I be worried? I don’t think so. I already told Tottenham that I want to play in Olympic Games, they’re looking into it positively.”
Son made 40 appearances in all competitions for Spurs in his debut campaign, scoring eight goals and supplying five assists, and scored two goals in the final four matches of the season as the team slumped badly to end in third place in the Premier League.
“I always wanted to learn first when I decided to come to Premier League, rather than do really well from the start,” Son added to Four Four Two.
“Due to injuries, my debut season was not satisfying. But I learned a lot how to manage games, myself physically. And also learned about a new culture.”
The Olympic Games take place in Brazil from 3 to 20 August and the football tournament predominantly features players aged 23 and under, supplemented by a maximum of three over-age players in each squad.
Son, who has won 46 senior caps for South Korea, is an established international and is currently with the national team ahead of international friendlies against Spain and Czech Republic.
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